According to the PhonepayPlus, people are very often asked to register or sign up with certain websites. In the process of signing up, they are asked for their mobile numbers and thus by doing so people get trapped unknowingly. It has been seen that after signing up they receive a text message which costs them money. The amount they are charge is with is not a nominal fee but can cost up to 4.50 pounds per text message received.
There are very few people who keep a track of their phone bill and the charges deducted. For people who do not, it is very difficult to keep track or monitor such addition of cost in their bill. Thus they do not even realize and keep paying for it, although it is not their fault. They have been tricked and mislead by the website. Such websites and companies should be tracked down and punished for such misleading acts. Beth Coundley, a victim of such a scam was charged up to pound 130 as she received 5 texts for consecutive 5 months. She ended up paying for it despite complaining about it. She even claimed that she did not sign up with any sites.
The company which sent Beth the text messages did not respond to her complaints and did not even bother to refund her money despite promising her so. In order to avoid getting involved in such a scam, one needs to monitor his or her phone bills regularly. Avoid putting up your mobile phones number anywhere online. Bookmarking of your favorite sites instead of typing will save you from error and mistakenly going on to other similar sites. One must immediately contact the PhonepayPlus in case they get trapped or tricked by such fraudulent companies.
Typo squatting has become quite common these days. If a user by mistake types in a wrong web address even if the error is of one letter, they are directed to some other site. This misdirection can sometime cost them as these websites often try to lure users by offering free gifts and cash and in return ask for the mobile number. Thus often users are tricked and mislead into giving their mobile numbers online. As a result they receive a text message which often cost them money and at times huge money as it keeps piling up without the receiver getting to know about it.
PhonepayPlus which is a watchdog of such malpractices claim to have received just about 38 formal complaints of such types but they are sure for the fact that this malpractice is widespread and something needs to be done about it. In February, PhonepayPlus have caught two such companies and have charged them a fine of up to 100,000 pounds each. Shirley Dent, director of communications said that these are a few problem providers who causes problem for both the consumers and PhonepayPlus.